Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Samurai X - Director's Cut|
Actors: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki, Masami Suzuki, Shûichi Ikeda
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Kenshin is a wanderer, a lost soul cursed to seek atonement for his life a s a sword-wielding assassin. After a long war to overthrow a corrupt government, peacetime offers no peace to Kenshin-despite a vow to draw his sw... more »
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J. Lim | San Mateo, CA USA | 03/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought an import DVD of this title after having fallen in love with the original version. The director's cut has had all of the section breaks removed, letting the story flow as a continuous two-hour movie.If you've never seen this OVA before, brace yourself. Its look and tone are almost completely different from the "Rurouni Kenshin" tv series and movie, with frivolity stripped away to yield a stunning examination of what happens to idealism when it's used to justify any means used to achieve those ideals. This OVA is not kid's stuff. It's violent and heart-rending and subtle, and you will never look at Kenshin the same way again.It's probably best appreciated after seeing the second season of the tv series, which introduces a number of characters who also appear here. And once you've grown accustomed to the way Kenshin behaves ten years after the war, it's truly eye-opening to see the way he was and how/why he changed to what he later became. However, it can also be watched on its own, without having seen any other RK at all.Some new footage was added to bump the runtime back up, but most of it is in tiny snippets that don't add much, with the spectacular exception of a battle sequence near the end where Kenshin fights his way across a bridge toward an artillery-besieged town. (By contrast, much more footage was added to the director's cut of Seisouhen (Reflections), including Kaoru's wedding and early married life, but no US release date has been announced for that as yet.)Buy it. Watch it. Never forget it."
Buy Rurouni Kenshin DVD , then this OVA;
J. Lim | 10/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Samurai X-trust & betrayal" is essentially a prologue to the Rurouni Kenshin TV series. Or they call it an OVA or direct-to- video animation film. I suggest to newcomers, to watch first the samurai X TV series then watch this to fully comprehend and grasp who Rurouni Kenshin is,it's cast members, & the central setting & ideas of the series.The film delves further to Kenshin early years or his past, before meeting Kauro, Sanosuke,etc. From a child, his name was Shinta, witnessing the murder of his parents, being adapted & raised by his mentor master Hiko, & up to being an eventual hired & ruthless assassin, thus,was christened as Battousai.This film comprises 4- 30 mins. episode and the movie characteristic story-elements itself are extremely dark & very depressing, talky, serious in tone & heavy,domestic, & the dramatic core story preceded the little action sequences, which is only a secondary emphasis. This movie is one of my favorites & is one of my most cherished DVD. Though not action-oriented like it's predecessor on TV, this movie simply is very memorable and lasting, as the story,mainly, explores a geniune, true-to-life example of how two people live a life, as in exemplified by Kenshin & Tomoe. More than about Rurouni Kenshin further adventures, which it is,as this prologue served to tie up loose ends of Kenshin's past-- his past origin.However, the film absolute high point is following the dramatic,day-to-day ,slice of life of Kenshin and his wife Tomoe,albeit rusely married.Kenshin & Tomoe living together as a virtual husband and wife thus, manifesting a true-to-life portrayal of a couple struggle to subsist on a daily basis.This side of Kenshin has never intensely delved before,his marital side. Though extremely hardcore in context to the film objective, this DVD ultimately proved a valuable souvenir, not solely because of Rurouni Kenshin but also this anime feature-lenght is rare, in terms of tackling such subject matter--heavy, marital relationship. Not to imply Rurouni Kenshin is a secondary importance to this DVD, which is not entirely correct, as this DVD is significant and a timeless collection of Rurouni Kenshin saga.Be prepared to view this movie because it's simply not easy to watch. You need to be mentally & emotionally ready to ingest this film as the film is extremely heavy & seriously depressing. I especially see fit to recommend this to anime lovers and anime watchers.Though I believe, in fact it can be appreciated by everyone when given the opportunity.But, for Rurouni Kenshin newcomers or tryers, it is more practical to watch first the actual TV series in contrast to this advanced DVD. That series shall served as your introduction to the world of "Samurai X" or "Rurouni Kenshini".The core story of Samurai X(Rurouni Kenshin), not only about learning its characters, but also explore into an era of samurai regime- such as it's setting in feudal Japan & the honor of being a samurai warrior.Some episodes are light-hearted and fun, some have good characterization piece, some episodes are subdued,poignant & talky as in the final TV episode & some if contain samurai fights,mostly are exciting, susepenseful & intellectually stimulating. If you are contemplating to sample, you need to start at Rurouni Kenshin DVD (the TV series)at least up to vol. l4, then return to this DVD for better comprehension and appreciation in regards to the casts of characters and story theme.Highest possible recommendation."
Top notch sword fight flick
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Samurai X - Trust and Betrayal (Director's Cut)" is probably the best chambara anime that I have seen. Excellent story, top-notch animation, pathos and melodrama, over-the-top sword fighting...everything you want from sword-fight flicks. There is a big difference between good chambara and bad chambara, and there is far more bad chambara than good. This DVD is an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise.Medieval Japan is on good display here, with an nice blend between fact and fantasy. Not exactly Kurosawa, and not exactly "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the warriors perform some pretty amazing feats befitting the super samurai that they are. The blood is fairly fountain-like, but not silly.This is my only experience with "Rurouni Kenshin," and to tell the truth, a friend had to force this DVD on me as I didn't want to see anything with the stupid name of "Samurai X." I am glad that I gave it a chance."
David Nakamura | San Diego, California United States | 03/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, I didn't actually think that ADV was going to release the directors cut in the USA. Basically its the same thing as Trust and betrayal, except that the two episodes are combined into one 2 hour movie, and put into "wide screen" (Top and bottom are just cut off). There are also a few extra scenes not included in the original version. If you already own Trust and Betrayal I suppose its up to you if you want to fork out another 30 bucks to see a couple extra scenes or not (the whole "wide screen" thing is pointless since they just cut the bottom and top off).
You might want to check your local video rental store first."